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The integral role of social media champions

By Alexandra Reid

We have used the term “champion” many times on this blog to describe those risk-inclined individuals who become the essential drivers of progressive change within the commercialization ecosystem. Champions can wear many hats. We have described them as mentors, investors and, perhaps most importantly, advocates who take that leap of faith and make doors open at that critical juncture to snatch success from the jaws of failure.

In the process of creating and executing a social media marketing strategy to help bring technology to market, champions fall into two distinct categories:

  1. External champions of your technology who can be found, engaged and developed through social media.
  2. Internal champions of social media who advocate new tools and embrace enterprising tactics that allow their businesses to successfully compete within the social space.

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September roundup: What does it take to get technology to market?

Thank you for being with us for the eighth month of our new blog. In case you missed them, here is a recap of our posts from September.

Last month, we concluded our Commercialization Ecosystem series and launched two new series, Technology Marketing 101, which features anecdotal stories about how a successful marketing program was developed, executed and measured, and A Startup’s Story, which will explore individual startups as they work to bring their technology to market. We welcome your feedback.

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